Agrostudies offers an apprenticeship program that focuses on agriculture capacity building in developing countries. We promote food security by empowering students through a creative, dynamic, multicultural program that involves both academic studies and learning by doing, gaining real hands on experience in the field.
Our program exposes students from countries in South East Asia, Africa and South America to Israel and to the most advanced commercial farming techniques on handpicked farms throughout the country.
Visiting students embark on a once in a life time experience. They are exposed to multiple cultures as they socialize with fellow students from around the world, tour and live in Israel, all the while undergoing an invaluable professional training in the field. Israeli farmers also benefit from hosting the foreign students, and are able to pass on their knowledge and experience in commercial farming. This creates an ongoing and long lasting effect as knowledge continues to flow and more commercial farming is made possible, leading to greater independence and food security around the world.
Each year a new group of students is invited to Israel for an 11 month agricultural apprenticeship from a variety of developing countries in South East Asia, Africa and South America. Countries participating in our program include the Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Bhutan and Vietnam from Asia; Rwanda, Togo, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Cameroon, Senegal, Kenya and the Ivory Coast from Africa. Recently we have also started working with countries in South America including Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru.
Students are housed either in a Kibbutz or a Moshav in rooms that include Wi-Fi. They are equipped with a personal lap top which they are free to take back home and receive complete medical insurance. For five days a week they work on farms where they complete their 'on the job' training.
They also attend theoretical classes once a week in one of Agrostudies campuses across Israel.
Training is offered in the following fields:
Students are financially compensated for their work on the farms, and as they have only minimal expenses during their stay in Israel, all funds are a direct investment in the student's future.
In addition to academic courses students participate in a variety of social experiences including tours throughout Israel. At the end of their 11 months apprenticeship they undergo rigorous testing and after passing their exams they are awarded a Certificate of Graduation in an elegant and formal graduation ceremony.
This program has been garnering growing enthusiasm and support from all those involved, and as a result each year a larger number of students is brought to Israel as part of this program. In the fall of 2013 over a thousand students landed in Israel as part of Agrostudies' program, making this one of Israel's primary collaborations with a number of the participating countries.